And the winner of Kerri's book giveaway contest is JULIE LALONDE. Julie, go to Kerri's website www.kerrinelson.com and pick a book from her books page, then contact her with your choice via her contact page, and she will send the book to you. Congratulations!
Gooooood morning M&M readers! I woke up rested, refreshed and ready to write. So let's see what tidbits Kerri Nelson has to offer us to help us on our journey.
Kari: Can you tell us a little about your new romantic suspense CROSS CHECK MY HEART?
Kerri: Absolutely. This is a romantic suspense book featuring a sexy hockey player named Danny from the U.S. Olympic Hockey team. Well, he's trying to make the team but the new team physical therapist may have other plans for him. That new therapist is Jana and she's not only new to the team...she's new in town. The thing is...she's on the run from something dark and dangerous in her past. Check it out to find out what happens...now available in print and e-book from Eternal Press.
Kari: What is the biggest difference between romantic suspense and mysteries?
Kerri: Well, I believe that they are both mysteries. BUT romantic suspense contains both a real romance story in addition to the mystery and a happily ever after. I think it combines the best of both genres.
Kari: How long does it take you to write a book and what is your schedule like?
Kerri: My schedule is all over the place. As the mother of 3 young children (2 under the age of 2 years old), I can't really schedule a set time. I have to write when I can. Sometimes I can write one sentence before I'm disturbed and sometimes I can write a whole chapter. It just depends on the day I'm having.
It also depends on the length of the book. I normally try to write at least 1000 words per day, if possible. So, I can write a full novel in 2 to 3 months if I can meet that goal.
Kari: You do a lot of publicity and marketing for your books? What do you find works the best and what is a waste of time?
Kerri: Great question. I really enjoy doing blog appearances. Thanks for having me here today, by the way! Really anything that allows me to interact with the readers is crucial. Readers seem to love contests and giveaways. In fact, I'd like to offer up a free e-book of your choice from my backlist to one of today's participants.
I'm also a huge advocate of book trailers. I design custom book trailers for myself and other authors. It think they are a great form of advertising and I highly recommend them. I've bought several books after viewing great trailers.
On the other hand, I've never bought a book from a banner ad. I see them all over the place and they are so plentiful that I just ignore them. That's a sad thing because some of them are beautifully made. They just don't do anything for me as a reader--so I don't invest in them as an author.
Kari: I see you make book trailers. Can you tell us a little about that?
Kerri: Oops. Well, I just made reference to this in the last question. Yes, they are basically short commercials for books. They are just like a movie trailer but shorter and without a voice over.
You can visit my promotional website http://www.thebookboost.com/ to check out samples of trailers that I've done for other authors (including bestselling authors Ann Aguirre and Monica Burns) and read comments on those trailers. The pricing is also available there.
Hope you enjoy watching them as much as I enjoyed making them.
Kari: Who are your favorite authors?
Kerri: Wow. There are way too many to name here. Just to name a few I love Sherrilyn Kenyon, Brenda Novak, Roxanne St. Claire, Stephanie Bond, and Karin Slaughter. That in no way covers it but those are just a mere few.
Again, thanks so much, Kari. I'll be around to respond to comments and answer questions and I'll be giving away a book to one participant as well.
Author of Romantic Suspense & More